Current LLL-smtx Courses

For future offerings, if you have a topic you would like to see explored or have a topic you would like to present, please contact Marianne at 512-216-6427 or at

The fees we set provide honoraria for our presenters or for the  support of the non-profits to which they belong.

                                                            Course Delivery on Zoom

Our classes are now being delivered via the platform “ZOOM," a safe, online, real-time video communications platform that will allow our presenters and participants to see, hear, and interact.

To participate, all you need is:
        (1) An Apple, Windows, or Android internet device with a built-in or
             attached camera and mic. The device can be:
 (A)  A desktop or laptop
            computer with at least MacOS 10.7 or Windows 10 operating systems
            (best); (B) A tablet with iOS 7.0 operating system or later (acceptable)
            and (C) A smartphone (marginal) with at least iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0x
            operating systems.

       (2) Download the free “Zoom Client for Meetings” application:
            Click this link - - client_4meeting
 or paste
            it into you web browser for download.

       (3) You will receive an email to join your session by the presenter of your
            class.  When you receive the email, open it and click on the link.  Wait
            to be allowed to join in by the presenter (this is termed “the waiting
            room” which is a security measure so only class members can join).
NOTE:  We are also offering individual assistance. Date(s) and times will be provided to you when you
               CONTACT Marianne Reese of your interest to take a course(s).

EMAIL MARIANNE at or call her @ 512.216.6427



                               Virtual Tour of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum (NYC)

When:  December 3rd from 2:00 to 3:00 pm via Zoom.

             Limited to 50 participants.
             Please register soon.

Fee:  Free due to a very gracious, anonymous donation to our  LifeLong Learning Organization (LLL).

This tour is live, interactive, and led by Museum staff. It is a 60-minute tour through the Museum’s key spaces providing a deeper understanding of 9/11, the lead-up to the attacks, and their continuing global significance. 




                                                        Courses for September-December 2020

Course 1.   Texas Literature Book Club 

                     You are welcome to join the “CLUB” at any time.  Just contact Marianne for an ‘invite’ to join the                                     Zoom session your want to join.

When:       Every Other Tuesday    OR      Wednesdays
Time:        1:30 to 3:00 PM                         6:30 to 8:00 pm
Where:     Your Home via Zoom         
Fee:           Free

Course Description
We will read old, new, fiction and non-fiction works by Texas authors.  Jo Snider will share background information on each of the authors as well as weave in “historical tidbits” as we discuss the various books read.  


December 1-2              The News of the World                          by Paulette Giles

Presented by Jo Snider
Jo Snider is a retired faculty member from the Department of History. She specialized in teaching the introductory courses in the theater setting. Which basically means she knows a lot  about a lot of things. For her BA Jo had a double major in History and English and an English minor on the MA level. Since her focus has been Texas and the Old South a book club on Texas authors seemed a natural. Hope you will join us for some fun, entertainment and enlightenment from the Texas literati.   




Course 2: Living Your Life by Design or Default...a Choice
Dates:        3-Tuesdays:  December: 8th , 15th and 29th
Time:         4:00 to 5:15 pm Central & 5:00 to 6:15 pm Eastern
Fee:           Commitment, thoughtfulness and participation.
Course Description
With the end of 2020 fast approaching, how will you “transition” into the new year 2021?  Will you simply turn the page of your calendar bringing all of the old ‘stuff’ from 2020 with you into the new year and just keep adding on?
What if there was another way to tackle this transition, by honoring what has passed, and creating an open space to actively design the new year.  No matter what one’s age or stage of life, we all have the opportunity to be active and creative architects of our future.     
Our coach, Heidi Clark, has designed this course to be a guided self-reflection and an opportunity to create for yourself an upcoming year that you are excited about living into. In each session you will consider a series of questions and contexts as a group. Then you will work on them individually. In each session there will be opportunity for you to share discoveries and possibilities, if you so desire. This is not a requirement. The important thing is to work through the exercises yourself and be the architect of your own completed past, and your designed future.
About the Presenter:   Heidi Clark 
Heidi is a hands-on senior executive with a broad breadth of experience leading companies through all phases of growth. She is particularly skilled at creating an environment of collaboration where innovation can flourish and is known for her deep expertise in employee engagement, organizational culture building and leadership coaching.
More specific to this course, Heidi is a certified Mastering Performance Coach having received her certificate through Coriolis Consulting Group. While at Panera Bread Company, Heidi trained and facilitated the Mastering Performance Leadership program in which more than 800 leaders were trained. The MP curriculum is deeply steeped in one’s ability to distinguish and understand their ways of being, and to become aware of their choices



Course 3.  Tejanos in Central Texas: A Thematic Look at the Lives of

                      Mexican Americans in Hays, Comal, Caldwell, and

                      Guadalupe Counties.


DATES:           (5) Mondays    Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

TIME:              10:00 to 11:15 am

WHERE:          Zoom @ Home

FEE:                 $15.00


Course Description

This class is designed to give you a glimpse of Tejano history and culture in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays counties between 1910 and 1980. We will look at old photographs, listen to music, and talk about everything from civil rights to Diez y Seis celebrations. The book Suenos y Recuerdos del Pasado: Dreams and Memories of the Past: A Community History of Mexican Americans in San Marcos, Texas (published in 2000 by the Hays County Historical Commission) may be of interest to you, but it is not necessary for this class.


       Specific topics to be discussed include:

       *Beginnings and a Look at Dia de Los Muertos

        *The Business of Work

        *Churches and Organizations


        *Sports and Arts

        *Citizenship and Service

        *Food and Culture



About the Presenter:   Sandra Davidson, PhD

I was born and raised in New Braunfels and attended Southwest Texas State University, graduating with a BA in History (1997), then staying for an MA in History (1999). For a few years following my graduation, I worked in the Genealogy Collection at the Texas State Library in Austin until we moved to the Killeen area. I returned to college in 2010 and graduated from the University of Houston in 2017 with a Ph.D. in History. I have been studying the Mexican American and African American history of Comal County for many years and I am currently working on a local history about Mexican Americans in my hometown.


Learning and sharing this history is my number one passion! Currently, I am enjoying learning about Tejanos in the neighboring counties of Hays, Caldwell, and Guadalupe and look forward to learning more as we explore these histories together! Thank you for considering this course and I look forward to meeting you soon!



Course 4: Tell Me A Story 


DATES:    Tuesday Eves:    Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1, 8, & 15    from 7:00 to 7:45 pm                         OR

                  Wednesdays   Nov. 11, 18 and Dec. 2, 9, & 16      from 3:00 to 3:45 pm

WHERE:          Zoom @ Home

FEE:                 $20.00

Course Description: 

Join us for five weeks to explore a story from inception to performance. Begin by finding inspiration in your own life and learning the components of a story, then we move on to explore types of stories as well as exploring our audience. The class will explore ideas such as written versus spoken word, framing a story, and beginning with the end in mind. By the end of the class, you will have an amazing story to tell and the ability to capture the attention of your desired audience.


About the Presenter:   Brooke Pillifant

For 10 years, Brooke worked as a mathematics coach and teacher until she took a miserable yet hilarious cross-country car trip that propelled her into the world of storytelling. It flung her headlong into performing at venues across the US including Speakeasy DC, Mortified, RISK!, Austin Writer Roulette, Dallas’ Oral Fixation, and at several Austin backyard story nights. Brooke founded a nonprofit, Down South Word of Mouth, dedicated to promoting personal growth, social justice, and community connection in Central Texas through the art of personal narrative storytelling. She works with various groups throughout the area to help individuals craft their own narrative stories. And when she isn’t on stage or writing, she occupies her time with four kids, shooting pool, roadside adventures, and welding.




Course 5.  SAN MARCOS GREENBELT ALLIANCE (SMGA)...creating a legacy of conservation for the health                        and vitality of our community!

  Wednesday, Dec. 16th from 6:30 to 7:45 pm
WHERE:   Home via Zoom

Fee: Free

Presentation Description
Sherwood Bishop will be sharing his knowledge of the history of our area as well as plans for our increasingly “green” future that being SMGA’s newest Project--the Emerald Crown Trail.

(A)  Wednesday, Nov. 18th from 6:30 to 7:45 pm : Building An Integrated System of Greenways and Trails
         What we are creating and why it is important for recreation, transportation, animals, and plants.
(B) Wednesday, Dec. 16th from 6:30 to 7:45 pm : Greenways, Trails and the Future
         How changes in climate, ecology, population, technology and economics will affect Central Texas and what we             can do to make life better tomorrow.
         better tomorrow.


About the Presenter: After 22 years of devotion and a lot of sweat, Sherwood Bishop, founder and president of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance (SMGA), continues to provide the inspiration and leadership of the nationally recognized and award-winning environmental non-profit.  Sherwood recently received the 2020 national Cox Conserves Heroes award which included a $60,000 donation to SMGA. 

Click here to read the public announcement of the award and view the video submitted to the Cox organization in support of Sherwood.



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LifeLong Learning Organization, San Marcos, TX, 2020      Dr. Marianne Reese, Director    512-216-6427

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